500 Girls from Across the U.S. Show that Baseball is a Game for All During National Tournament
ABERDEEN, MD / ACCESSWIRE / July 13, 2021 / Over 500 girls ages 8-19 are set to play at the 6th annual Baseball For All Nationals: the largest girls baseball tournament in North America. This year, the tournament will be hosted at The Ripken ExperienceTM Aberdeen, and will welcome the largest number of girls to ever play at a baseball tournament in U.S. history.
“Our organization isn’t just about girls playing baseball-it’s addressing the larger issue of gender equity in the game,” says Dr. Justine Siegal, PhD, founder of Baseball For All. “To this day, too many girls are told they shouldn’t (or can’t) play baseball because they’re girls. When they come to BFA Nationals, many of them realize for the first time that they’re not alone-and more importantly, that they belong in baseball.”
Since 2015, this youth baseball tournament has seen an over 240% rise in the number of girls participating. Of the nearly 50 teams who are participating this year, 11 are brand new programs representing cities like Atlanta, the Bronx, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Providence, Seattle, and San Diego for the first time.
During Opening Ceremonies on July 18, five former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League players will be in attendance, including Maybelle Blair, Shirley Burkovich, Jeneane Lesko, Jeannie Manina, and Gloria McKloskey. Members of the media are welcome to attend Opening Ceremonies, and all of the attending AAGPBL legends, our players, coaches, and Justine Siegal, will be available for interviews throughout the entirety of the tournament.
Year after year, Baseball For All Nationals is the largest girls baseball tournament in the country-and continues to innovate, creating new opportunities for girls in baseball to grow and succeed in the sport. In 2021, Baseball For All also announced their Women’s College Baseball initiative to build opportunities for girls who want to play at the next level. This year, the organization is set to host the first-ever Women’s College Baseball Invitational at Centenary University in August, and will jumpstart 10 Women’s Club College Baseball teams across the country as it works toward making Women’s College Baseball an NCAA-sanctioned sport.